"It's that time of year again, American consumers are flocking to e-tail websites and brick-and-mortar retailers to take advantage of mind boggling Black Friday deals. This veritable homage to consumerism is slowly spreading beyond US borders, but the rest of the world is simply not there yet - the best deals are still to be had in the Land of the Free. So let's check out what Newegg has in store and what sorts of discounts are available to shoopers, including those hooked in bitcoin - we'll explain why.."
"A new website based in Russia is streaming video live from thousands of private webcams around the world, including images of babies and hospital patients. Hackers accessed the cameras by using default passwords set by the manufacturers, British officials said Thursday. Those log-in details are freely available online, leaving the unsecured cameras accessible to anyone..."
"Ever feel like someone's watching you? Amnesty International has released an app to find out if governments are spying on you. Detekt is a free and open source software that scans your computers for known surveillance spyware.
"Advanced Micro Devices this week quietly updated its official price-list and published the new prices of its A-series accelerated processing units. In addition to updating its official price-list, AMD also notified several web-sites about price-cuts on low-end models not listed at the company’s web-site.
"Next month's system update for Xbox One brings a number of new features to the console that focus on personalization, TV, Twitter and more. Perhaps the most visible (and apparently most requested) of those new features is the ability to customize your Xbox One dashboard's background..."
"Yesterday, a Japanese man was sentenced to two years in prison for manufacturing 3D-printed guns. Yoshitomo Imura, a 28-year-old from Kawasaki, was arrested in May after posting a video of himself assembling his very illegal firearm to YouTube, which probably wasn’t the best idea on his part..."
"According to a recent report from a Japanese website, at least one store in Japan has already began to offer DDR4 memory sticks, which should point to an imminent release in other countries around the world, as well. However, the first systems that will need DDR4 memory modules will get launched on the market only in several months, which makes the price of the memory modules be very high. Japan is the first country where DDR4 has went up for sale but it’s available for quite the price..."
"More people now access their news via the Internet as by the traditional route of reading a printed newspaper. UK media regulator Ofcom said that in its News Consumption in the UK report that 41 per cent of the public accesses news via the web and mobile apps, compared to 40 per cent who read printed newspapers. To be fair newspaper publishers will take comfort from the fact that the percentage of print readers has remained stable over the past year but the proportion accessing news digitally has increased sharply from 32 per cent in the last 12 months." [Read More]
"This week has been all about the smartwatch. Google officially launched two of them at Google I/O and released the Android Wear SDK to developers. Not long after, someone with knowledge of Asus' plans let slip the fact that Asus has its own watch in the works and that it would be out in September. Now we're hearing a few more details about Microsoft's smartwatch plans from one of our own sources." [Read More]
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