hp streamIt was just a couple of days ago when we talked about how hardware specifications of an alleged $199 Chromebook was spotted, but it does look as though this particular 14” HP Chromebook is not going to run on Chrome OS after all. Instead, for $199 a pop, you will find Windows 8.1 as the operating system of choice instead as it hits store shelves later this coming Christmas. At that price point, do expect to see this bad boy fly off the shelves in due time.

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minecraft hddWhen it comes to the game of Minecraft, it is more of a case of either you get it, or you don’t. Those who fall into the latter category would be scratching at their heads, wondering just how one is able to spend hours on end in the world of Minecraft without really doing much, other than sniping skeletons, or perhaps hunt around for that additional diamond ore block – or so it seems on the surface. Who knows, one could actually be developing a complex piece of machinery in the game itself, such as this functional hard drive?

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lg l fino 640x410IFA will be kicking off in the next week or so, but it seems that LG does not want to wait until then to reveal the goodies they have in store for us as the South Korean company has recently announced two new phones – the LG L Fino and LG G Bello, both of which will be part of the company’s L-series of Android smartphones.

What makes these phones even more unique is that they will be featuring the same UX found on the LG G3, something which LG had promised to do. In terms of hardware, the LG L Fino will sport a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with a 4.5-inch WVGA display. It will be accompanied by 1GB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a 1,900mAh battery, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Read full post →LG Unveils L Fino & L Bello Mid-Range Smartphones

rapiscanIt looks like the full body scanner that airports employ in their security searches, where these are used to check for concealed weapons or bombs. It does give a sense of security for sure to the passengers, but apparently, research that has been conducted by a trio of universities discovered that the Rapiscan Secure 1000 was unable to detect stuff like knives, explosives and guns. Picking up the Rapiscan Secure 1000 on eBay, the inability for these sensors to discover such concealed weapons was due to the fact that some plumbers tape was used to hide them.

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Store Front 2 640x480If you have used your credit card at a UPS Store between the 20th of January to the 11th of August 2014, there is a good chance that your credit/debit card details could have been stolen. This was announced by UPS who revealed that due to a malware identified in the company’s systems, customers who used their credit/debit cards at their locations during that period could have been exposed.

However UPS notes that there does not appear to have been any cases of fraud reported yet, meaning that for now customers appear to be safe, although given that your credit/debit card details could be floating out there exposed, you might want to get yourself some new cards, or at the very least check your statements very carefully to ensure that no suspicious activities appear. Read full post →UPS Store Confirms Data Breach

violent video games pollIn the past, we have heard arguments of how video games are bad for children as some have linked video games to violence. However recent studies have suggested otherwise, but now thanks to an even more recent study from the University of Texas (via VentureBeat), they have found that there could be a slight link between pre-teen gaming and depression.

However we should point out, like the researchers did themselves, that the study is far from complete and that additional study needs to be done, but based on their initial findings, the study did find some link between pre-teens who game and depression. It was found that preadolescent kids who gamed for more than two hours a day have showed signs of depression. Read full post →Slight Link Between Video Games And Depression In Pre-teens [Study]

williamsAs we’re sure most of you have heard by now, the great comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away not too long ago. Given that Williams had been known to play video games, fans had petitioned Blizzard to immortalize him in the World of Warcraft universe, to which Blizzard had agreed to.

Now thanks to the folks at Wowhead, it seems that they have datamined several character models which could be what Blizzard had planned for Williams. One of the character models is pictured above, which unsurprisingly is in the form of a genie (whose model already exists in the game), which was also one of the roles Williams was known for when he provided the voice talent to the genie in Aladdin. Read full post →Possible Robin Williams Character Model For World Of Warcraft Spotted

twitter crimeThanks to social media, we can easily share all sorts of photos and videos, ranging from humorous, to thoughtful, to bizarre, and to disgusting. For the most part, offensive material tends to be pulled by moderators, but it seems that Twitter is taking an extra strong stance regarding videos that allegedly shows the beheading of photojournalist, James Foley.

For those hearing about this for the first time, James Foley was a photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria about two years ago. However a recent video surfaced which allegedly showed a member of Isis decapitating Foley. The video has made its rounds on the internet and safe to say that the footage is pretty gruesome. Read full post →Twitter To Suspend Accounts Of Those Sharing Beheading Videos

ps4 hrdware large23 640x334A little over a week ago, Sony announced that they had crossed the 10 million mark in terms of PlayStation 4 units sold. It should be noted that these are actual units sold, as opposed to merely being shipped to retailers, thus making it even more impressive. However it seems that while this is something to celebrate, Sony seems to be a little worried.

Wait, worried? Speaking to the folks at Eurogamer, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida expressed a little concern at the fact that they do not know why their consoles are selling better compared to the competition, namely the Xbox One. It does seem like an odd problem to have, but according to Yoshida, this could be problematic in the long run. Read full post →Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PlayStation 4 Is Selling So Well

VerizonAccording to a report from yesterday, word on the street was that Verizon could be planning to open another Android app store, one that could possibly rival that of Google Play. However according to a recent report from Re/code, Verizon has since come forward and refuted those claims, effectively shutting down the rumor.

Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis was quoted as saying, “We have no plans to do that. Been there. Done that.” Interestingly enough the reporter who broke the rumor, The Information’s Amir Efrati, tweeted that he and The Information are still standing by their report 100%. Given that Verizon has outright denied those claims, we’re not sure how Efrati is still so confident about his report. Read full post →Verizon Refutes Rumors Of App Store Plans