GTA Online Hits Some Bumps in the Road

Posted in Games by Darrin Olson on October 2nd, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V OnlineAccording to Take Two Interactive, Grand Theft Auto V was a huge success bringing in $1 billion in its first three days after launching, however some performance issues have hindered the recent launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, tied to this release. Grand Theft Auto Online is something new for Rockstar Games and will allow players to participate in many of the same activities that they would with the distributed game, but online in a “living world” with multiple players.

Reviewing Rockstar’s Twitter account, it appears there are multiple people reporting issues with access and performance to the online version of the game and Rockstar is getting back to them individually with a summary of what the problems are and what is being addressed. They are even offering an automated email to alert users when the identified items …

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Posted in twitter by Tam Yue on September 26th, 2013

TwitterOn Wednesday the social media giant Twitter, launched “Twitter Alerts”. When news breaks about a safety concern or a weather related emergency, a Twitter Alert will pop up in your feed from the appropriate organization handling the information during the emergency.

The Twitter Alerts program is available to any organization that will be providing the critical information to the public; these organizations can be local, national or international. Currently, Twitter has more than 100 government agencies that are enrolled in this program. If you believe your agency should be enrolled in the program, fill out their enrollment form.

Believe it or not, Twitter has already proven to come in handy during times of disaster. FEMA used Twitter as a way to communicate critical information for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy. And the Boston Police Department used Twitter to …

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Do It Again

Posted in Entertainment by Tam Yue on September 26th, 2013

jfjtWhen hashtags are used the right way, they are a great tool for quickly finding information on Twitter and Facebook. Jimmy and Justin show you exactly how stupid people look when they use hashtags other than a means to get information out to your followers. Even though it is a personal favorite in this video, I would never look up “#thatshowwedo”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dzaMaouXA

Grad Student’s AMAZING cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Posted in music,Science,Uncategorized by Tam Yue on September 24th, 2013

Bohemian Rhapsody Cover for String TheoryGet your notebooks out, class is about to start.  Nerds are cool….nothing else to say here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rjbtsX7twc

YouTube Comments Section Upgrade

Posted in Google,YouTube by Tam Yue on September 24th, 2013

YouTube Comment Section UpgradeYouTube recently teamed up with Google + to come up with a way for YouTube users to control the comments that are posted on their videos.  It was rolled out to a select few users today, and will be available for all users by the end of the year.  “We are moving from comments to conversations.” said YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram,

What is going to change? Currently, you see the last person to comment on the video; with the change you will see the most relevant conversations or comments first. Those comments that are relevant are determined so by the owner of the video.  Owners of the video will have the option to “blacklist” certain words that they do not want to see and also will be able to flag people as …

Apple Updates iMac Processor, WiFi

Posted in Apple,iMac by Darrin Olson on September 24th, 2013

Apple iMacs updated with new processor and updated WiFiApple announced today an update to its iMac computers, improving performance through faster processors, WiFi, graphics and storage options.

The 21.5 inch and 27 inch models of the iMac both will come equipped with Intel’s faster, Haswell fourth generation quad-core processors. They will also both support the 802.11ac WiFi standard (if you have an 802.11ac base station to connect to, of course) for data transfer speeds boasted as much as three times faster than the previous WiFi generation. Apple has also added in PCIe-based storage to both models to support faster Flash storage and Apple’s Fusion Drive configurations even quicker.

Apple is offering the entry level 21.5 inch model for $1,299 with a 2.7GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. The 27 …

Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones for Biggest Launch Ever

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on September 23rd, 2013

Apple sells nine million iPhone 5s and 5c phonesApple has reported selling over nine million of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models withing the first three days after launching the products, making it the most successful iPhone release yet. Apple did not provide details on the numbers between the two models, but overall the launch almost doubled the release of the iPhone 5 a year ago with over 5 million in the first three days.

The two models have different price points with the 5s version starting at $199 featuring a touch ID that scans fingerprints, and the 5c version that starts at $99 and comes in five different colors (white, yellow, blue, green and pink). Friday’s launch was the first time Apple has released two iPhone models at the same time.

Although no …

Programmer Outsources Job to China, Surfs Reddit

Posted in News by Paul Patterson on January 17th, 2013

Outsourced to ChinaIn recent news a software developer has been discovered outsourcing his job to China. The company identified the crafty programmers scam when it allowed Verizon to start monitoring its VPN connections and identified an open and active VPN connection from Shenyang, China.

How did he spend his days? His internet history shows a penchant for cat videos and Reddit (one and the same really). Evidence has shown that he may have been using the same scam with other companies in the area.

To top it off his performance reviews cited well-written code. A job well done I say. This guy should get a promotion.

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KAYAK Launches Price Forecasts For Flights

Posted in News by Paul Patterson on January 15th, 2013

KAYAK Price Forecast ToolBooking a flight can be a stressful experience. Ticket prices can fluctuate dramatically and you never know what time is the best time to buy. To help alleviate ticket-buying stress KAYAK has a launched a new price forecasting tool that will predict whether the prices in your search are likely rise or fall over the next week.

In addition to the fare history chart we’ve provided for some time, KAYAK flight search results now include a forecast of whether the prices in your search are likely to rise or fall within the next 7 days. The feature also provides the statistical confidence level behind the forecast.

Giorgos Zacharia, KAYAK’s Chief Scientist, led development of KAYAK’s price forecasts and comments, “our algorithm incorporates data from multiple faring and availability providers across the over one billion annual queries performed

Reddit Cofounder Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on January 12th, 2013

Aaron Swartz dies at 26Digital activist and cofounder of Reddit, Aaron Swartz died on Friday after committing suicide according to a relative of Swartz. Along with co-founding Reddit, Swartz was the founder of DemandProgress.org, co-creator of the RSS 1.0 standard at the young age of 14 and was a strong proponent of Internet freedom.

Swartz was arrested in 2011 for accusations of stealing more than 4 million documents from MIT and JSTOR consisting of articles, book reviews and academic partner journals. He would have faced as much as $2 million in fines and as much as 50 years in prison if convicted. Swartz pled not guilty in September of 2012.

The news of Swartz death comes only two days after JSTOR announced that it will be releasing more than 4.5 million articles to the public.

Predictions of Wearable Technology

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on January 2nd, 2013

Analyst predicts Apple to make Wearable Smart WatchAccording to an analyst from Piper Jaffray, Apple’s next big thing might be wearable technology such as a Smart Watch pictured here. “We believe that wearable computers will ultimately be a major future trend,” said Gene Munster in a note released on Wednesday.

Munster also made a number of other predictions for technology in the coming years. Aside from wearable tech he is expecting Apple to sell a TV with Siri and Facetime built in, an update the Apple TV, an Apple radio service and Retina display to the iPad mini and the MacBook Air.

LA Times

Ubuntu OS to Run on Smartphones

Posted in Android,Canonical,Mobile Phones by Chetz on January 2nd, 2013

SmartPhones running Ubuntu Operation SystemThe company behind the Linux-based OS Ubuntu announced on Wednesday that it will be offering a version of its software that will run on smartphones. Namely, the Ubuntu operating system uses the same drivers as Android and would work as a replacement software for existing phones running the Android OS, according to Canonical.

Canonical will release the open-source code as a file that can be installed on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, initially. Plans are also in the works with manufacturers to provide the software pre-installed on a device sometime before the end of the year.

Aside just from the fact that Ubuntu is a powerful, popular, free and open-source OS that will now be available on a smartphone, this news could mark a milestone in tech history as an operating system significantly blurs the line between a …

Sony’s Playstation 2 Ending Production

Posted in PS2,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 29th, 2012

Sony Playstation 2 Console with ControllerSony’s Playstation 2 game console has practically been a staple with gaming retailers for years, and is likely found in homes of most gamers throughout the country. After nearly 13 years of production, despite newer Playstation generations, it looks like Sony is calling an end to the production of the PS2 game console, according to Famitsu.

Even though the PS3 launched in in late 2006, Sony continued to keep the PS2 alive with a major design update and a few game launches here and there, not to mention the large library of existing titles. This announcement is announcing the end of production for the PS2 console in Japan with a plan to sell of the remaining production stock, and a stop to production in the US and other countries is …

New Test Post

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on December 12th, 2011

Evolution of TechnologyThis is the first post in a while. We’re just trying to fire this up again….

Microsoft Offers Researchers Money For Enhancing Windows Security

Posted in Microsoft by Reuben Drake on August 4th, 2011

Windows has had it’s share of vulnerabilities in the past, so now Microsoft is offering more than $250,000 in cash and prizes for contestants who can come up with new ways to mitigate exploits. Anonymous and LulzSec are out there after all, taking companies down.

Microsoft will pay $200,000 for the best “novel runtime mitigation technology designed to prevent the exploitation of memory safety vulnerabilities.” Two runners up will also receive $50,000 and a MSDN Universal subscription valued at $10,000. I’d say that is lots of incentive to come up with some new tricks, wouldn’t you?