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General Mayhem / Steam no longer accepting Bitcoin
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:07:00 AM »
Lot's of online retailers now accept Bitcoin but already is seems like some are starting to question how good of an idea that is with Steam being the first to pull the plug on using Bitcoin for payment. Citing high fees and volatility, Steam has removed Bitcoin as a payment option. With the sharp fluctuations in the price over the last couple months I'm really not too surprised that vendors are getting concerned with accepting Bitcoin as payment only to see the value drop sharply in a matter of seconds. The Verge has the story.

   Steam is no longer accepting bitcoin as a payment method, game company and distributor Valve announced today. The company is attributing its decision to cryptocurrency’s “high fees and volatility.” In a blog post, Valve explained that bitcoin transaction fees have gone up to nearly $20 per transaction last week, “compared to roughly $0.20 when we initially enabled Bitcoin.” Those fees then have to be shouldered by gamers making purchases on Steam, and the total cost to consumers could be even higher if the value of bitcoin dips in the meantime.

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General Mayhem / Samsung working on new battery technology
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:10:54 PM »
Samsung is trying to tackle the old "not enough battery power" issues that plagues every mobile device with new graphene batteries. The talk surrounding this new battery tech sounds promising with them saying it would carry 45% more capacity than lithium-ion and be able to fully charge in 12 minutes. Let's all cross our fingers that this actually work out. TNW has the details.

   While persistent efforts in phone design and software optimization have got us to the point where our handsets can now last a day on a single charge, there’s work to be done yet if we’re heading for a future rife with VR and AR apps.   To that end, Samsung says it’s inching closer to making better batteries, thanks to its breakthroughs in using graphene in place of lithium, which currently powers most phones and electric vehicles.

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General Mayhem / Coinbase ordered to turn over Bitcoin users names
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:05:59 PM »
We all knew this was eventually coming, the IRS has gone after Coinbase (a popular Bitcoin exchange) and has won an order to have them turn over more than 14,000 users names and vital data. So while Bitcoin users thought they were safe from the tax man, they might be as safe as they were hoping. Not too surprising that the government wants their share. Motherboard has the story.

   On Tuesday, a California federal court ordered the popular cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase to turn over records on thousands of customers to the Internal Revenue Service.   The requested records include the name, birthdate, address, and account activity for any user who bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 worth of Bitcoin in their accounts between 2013 and 2015.   The order marks the end of a year-long court battle between the IRS and Coinbase that began last November when the IRS sought user records for all Coinbase customers. After meeting resistance from Coinbase and Coinbase customers, who argued that the order was overly broad, the IRS narrowed the scope of its request to only cover Coinbase customers who had trafficked in more than $20,000 worth of cryptocurrency in the specified time period.

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Operating Systems & Software / 600 Million Windows 10 Machines
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:53:04 PM »
Microsoft has just announced they've hit the 600,000,000 mark for Windows 10. The original goal was to hit a billion machines by 2018 but that was just too lofty of a goal and could still be over a year away at the pace they are going. Regardless of coming up short of their expectations, 600 million is a ton of software licenses. The Verge has the story.

   Microsoft is providing its second Windows 10 statistics update this year, announcing that 600 million devices are now running the company’s latest operating system. The number includes PCs, tablets, Xbox One consoles, HoloLens headsets, and even Surface Hub devices and phones. GeekWire reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the latest figures during the company’s annual shareholders meeting today.

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General Mayhem / Bitcoin goes up, Bitcoin goes down
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:49:49 PM »
Bitcoin surged to new highs on Wednesday reaching $11,441. Bitcoin then saw a $1,300 drop in just minutes which represented a 12% drop thanks to a big investor unloading a large amount of bitcoins all at once. The rise (and sometimes fall) of Bitcoin is an interesting thing to watch and if you are wanting to make an investment that is also a thrill ride than Bitcoin it right up your alley. CryptoCoins news has the story.

   At approximately 10:09 ET, the bitcoin jumped to a one-hour high of $11,399, which placed it just below the all-time high of $11,441 it had set at 9:13. Apparently — after observing resistance at $11,500 — a whale had set $11,400 as his or her target exit vector because at 10:11, the candle turned red, and three minutes later, this trader unleashed a massive market sell order.   This sell order caused the bitcoin price careen down to $10,075, representing a decline of $1,324 — or 12 percent of bitcoin’s total value — in just four minutes. For reference, the bitcoin price did not even reach $1,324 until May 1 of this year.

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General Mayhem / Cyber Monday the biggest day ever for Amazon
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:44:49 PM »
Looks like Cyber Monday 2017 was one for the record books as Amazon recorded their biggest day ever. Year over year Amazon saw a 30% increase in sales and over the holiday weekend sold "hundred of millions" of products. Amazon's own Echo Dot device was the top seller which only made the Amazon stock prices go even higher. CNBC takes a closer look at Amazon's big day.

   Amazon just had its biggest shopping day ever.   The most products ever ordered in one day on Amazon.com occurred on Cyber Monday, the company revealed Wednesday. The day's transactions surpassed those made on Amazon's recent record-breaking Prime Day, and the top-selling item was the Echo Dot.   Amazon said orders made via its app increased more than 50 percent on Cyber Monday, when compared with a year ago.   From Thanksgiving Day through Monday, Amazon said customers shopped at "record levels," ordering "hundreds of millions" of products ranging from apparel to toys to electronics. From small businesses alone, nearly 140 million items were purchased on Amazon.com.

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General Mayhem / Black Friday Deals
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:53:01 AM »
While some of us enjoy the day off for Thanksgiving, we all know that tomorrow is going to be a mad house for shopping and we've compiled a list of deals if you are looking to pick up a bargain or two from Black Friday 2017.

 

Compilation of Black Friday flyers/deals:

BestBlackFriday.com (United States)

TechBargains.com (United States)

RedFlagDeals.com (Canada)

 

In addition I thought I'd add a link to a cool service which will tell you just how good of a deal those Black Friday deals actually are. Just enter the product you're looking for and it'll show you what the price has been over the past few months and you might just be surprised that the deal you were going to wait in line for might be available online already.

CamelCamelCamel (US and Canada)

 

Good luck to all the bargain hunters out there.

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Operating Systems & Software / Dell + Linux
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:45:43 AM »
For the Linux fans out there, here is some good news for your holiday weekend. Dell has just launched 5 new computers that come pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux which includes one all-in-on system and 4 laptops. Of all the big system builders Dell has been very faithful to the Linux crowd that don't want to have to buy a system with Windows pre-installed only to have to delete it and start over again installing Linux. Obviously by looking at the operating system market share numbers the demand for these computers won't be huge but it's nice to see big companies like Dell offering some alternatives. Betanews has the full story.

   Over the years, many people have bought Windows machines only to wipe the storage drive and install their favorite Linux-based operating system. For the most part, this practice works well, but you still may experience hardware incompatibilities, albeit far fewer nowadays than in prior years. The Wi-Fi card, for instance, may not have Linux drivers, leading to huge headaches.   The better option is to buy a computer with Linux pre-installed. Why? Well, this lets you know that all the hardware is compatible, as the seller has tested it beforehand. Not to mention, you are supporting the Linux community this way. Buying a Windows PC even when you erase Windows still helps Microsoft -- why the heck would you want to do that?

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General Mayhem / Mashable sells for $50 million
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:09:35 PM »
Yet another internet publication has been swallowed up by a bigger publication with the announcement that Mashable has been bought by Ziff Davis for a cool $50 million. While $50 million sounds like a nice price, it was a far cry from the $250 million they were expected to sell for, however, after they reported losses of $10 million last year that valuation dropped like a rock. Variety has more on this story.

   Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company — and it’s not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore or investors including Turner were looking for.   Ziff Davis, a tech, gaming and healthcare publisher, is buying the New York-based company for about $50 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. That’s 20% of Mashable’s valuation of $250 million following a $15 million round of funding last year led by Time Warner’s Turner.

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General Mayhem / OnePlus troubles
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:03:57 PM »
OnePlus has been slowly gaining some pretty good momentum over the past few years and has been one of the few startup smartphone companies that has been able to last past one or two versions. Unfortunately for the OnePlus crew, they've received some negative publicity thanks to some backdoor access that comes with the phone and now it's being reported that they've found another backdoor application that can collect data without the owners knowledge. While backdoor access isn't anything new, people were fleeing from the big names to companies like OnePlus in an effort to keep their data safe but apparently the grass isn't greener on the other side. HackRead has more details.

   A couple of days ago it was reported that an IT security researcher Robert Baptiste who goes by the handle of Elliot Alderson on Twitter had discovered a pre-installed backdoor application called “EngineerMode” on OnePlus smartphones including its 5, 3, 3T models and OxygenOS for OnePlus 1.   Now, the same researcher has found another preinstalled app in OnePlus devices sold to customers around the world. Dubbed OnePlusLogKit by researchers, the app runs with system privileges and has access to user’s GPS logs, WiFI data, Bluetooth, NFC, photos, videos, and list of the running processes – All that without the user’s permission or knowledge.

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General Mayhem / Amazon changing plans on live TV
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:58:27 PM »
Amazon had been working on plans to introduce live TV to their streaming service but have now had a little bit of a change of plans. Every streaming service has been working on offering streaming live TV as an alternative to cable or satellite TV but no one has been able to figure out how to make it work and turn a profit. Unfortunately if Amazon doesn't see a way to make a profit it probably doesn't mean good news for some of the others who were hoping to make this finally work. Engadget has the full story.

   Amazon was working on plans to launch a streaming bundled TV service that would feature both broadcast and cable networks, though that's been on hold since the spring, according to Bloomberg. However, now we know why this endeavor was scrapped: money. People close to the issue told Reuters that Amazon believes it will be unable to make money on this kind of bundled cable service.

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General Mayhem / Hisense buys Toshiba's TV division
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:17:15 PM »
It's been rumored for a while that Toshiba has been looking to sell off parts of their business and it appears that Toshiba's TV division is the first casualty as Hisense has dished out $113 million for a 95% stake. Hisense was producing Sharp TV's and that didn't go so well so it's not too surprising that they are looking for new partners. The Verge has the story.

   Toshiba signed a deal today selling its television subsidiary to China’s Hisense, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The Japanese company will sell a 95 percent stake in Toshiba Visual Solutions to Hisense Electric for $113.6 million. Toshiba will keep a 5 percent stake.   Toshiba is struggling hard after its US nuclear department filed for bankruptcy in March. It has sold other parts of its business to stay afloat, including its dishwasher and washing machine appliance branch to China’s Midea Group. The Visual Solutions subsidiary, in particular, had reported a net operating loss of $54.1 million in the last fiscal year.

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General Mayhem / Walmart raises prices online
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:11:52 PM »
In an attempt to drive more people into their stores, Walmart has raised prices online than what you pay if you go to the store. This seems to be an opposite strategy from the competition, and will either work out and make them look really smart or it might just encourage people to shop online elsewhere. The Verge takes a closer look at this new strategy.

   Walmart is taking a bit of an nontraditional approach to boost sales ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events by raising prices for products sold online and discounting those same items in physical retail stores. According to The Wall Street Journal, the big-box store has quietly raised prices for household and food items such as toothbrushes, macaroni and cheese, and dog food on its website while the prices in stores remained the same. If there are price discrepancies between online and in-store purchases, Walmart will now highlight this on the product’s web listing to encourage customers to buy them from their local stores.

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Operating Systems & Software / The next Firefox: Firefox Quantum
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:05:11 PM »
The folks at Firefox have just unveiled the next version of Firefox which they've dubbed Firefox Quantum. So they've got the cool new name covered, and have made some pretty big claims (like it being twice as fast as their last version) and does all this while using less memory than the competition. 

Will this be enough to gain back some market share? Only time will tell.

You can read more about Firefox Quantum here.

   The first thing you’ll notice is the speed. Go on, open some tabs and have some fun. The second thing you’ll notice is the new User Interface (UI). We call this initiative Photon, and its goal is to modernize and unify anything that we call Firefox while taking advantage of the speedy new engine. You guessed it: the Photon UI itself is incredibly fast and smooth. To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web. We looked at real world hardware to make Firefox look great on any display, and we made sure that Firefox looks and works like Firefox regardless of the device you’re using. Our designers created a system that scales to more than just current hardware but lets us expand in the future. Plus, our Pocket integration goes one step further, which includes Pocket recommendations alongside your most visited pages.

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General Mayhem / Yahoo still doesn't know what happened
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:57:23 AM »
Hope you are ready for a good laugh on a Thursday. 

Yahoo after 4 years still doesn't know how they got hacked.

Of course you might remember Yahoo from the whole "we had 3 billion user accounts that were hacked" stories of the last couple years, well apparently they are about as good as investigating as they are at securing data. 

Friendly reminder: be careful with who you give your sensitive data to!

TechCrunch has the story.

   On Wednesday, in a security hearing that called both Equifax and Yahoo’s past and present executives to Washington, D.C., we’re learning a bit more about what Yahoo didn’t know about the biggest hack in history.   When pressed about how Yahoo failed to recognize that 3 billion accounts — and not 500 million as first reported — were compromised in what was later revealed to be a state-sponsored attack by Russia, former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted that the specifics of the attack still remain unknown.   “To this day we have not been able to identify the intrusion that led to this theft,” Mayer told the Senate Commerce Committee. “We don’t exactly understand how the act was perpetrated. That certainly led to some of the areas where we had gaps of information.”

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